Andy Pettitte‘s first start was a big deal. It had been more than a year since the veteran lefty had thrown a pitch in the Major Leagues and even though he was so-so in his first start the fans still gave him a standing ovation. It was not a typical day.
His second start will be much different. Pettitte will already have thrown a pitch in the majors and this time there will not nearly be the same fan fare. It has also given him time to get back into the swing of things and get comfortable with his teammates. Most importantly, it has given him a chance to go back to his old routine. Something, manager Joe Girardi said, can help him quite a bit.
“Andy did a pretty good job of staying in his routine, but I think the anticipation is gone now that he’s coming back,” Girardi told Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I think that should help.”
Hopefully that’s the case because the Yankees need another starter. CC Sabathia has been good, but behind him are three examples of inconsistency. Ivan Nova has been hit hard, Hiroki Kuroda has been a yo-yo, and Phil Hughes keeps giving up home runs at a crazy rate. If Pettitte can come in and do his thing it’ll provide this club a big lift.